Summary: Beautiful views and a variety of terrains. This is a nice loop trail but beware of one bad stream crossing on the section that goes up to Park Butte. The bridge was washed out by the fall floods of 2003 and as of summer 2004, had not been replaced. The water is swift and knee height. It gets deeper on hot summer afternoons as it is melt water from the glaciers on Mt. Baker.
Trailhead: From I-5 in Burlington, go east on Hwy 20 for about 21.5 miles and turn left on Forest Service Road 12. Drive 3.5 miles to Forest Service Road 13 and then six miles to the trailhead near Sulfur Creek. (Lat:48.70709 Lon:-121.8127)
Trail Guides for Scott Paul Trail:
Hiking Whatcom County
by Ken Wilcox (NW Wild Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Mt. Baker Ranger District Sedro Woolley, WA 360-856-5700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robbie Hochreiter, who has posted 24 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by av on 2/24/2009
You need to go east on hwy 20 not west!
Reviewed by Laura on 9/15/2008
This is a beautiful hike with wonderful views of Mt. Baker and the Cascades panorama. It IS strenuous, some steep switchbacks, narrow rocky rails on the Park Butte/Railroad Grade side of the loop. Can be tough on weak knees. Abundant wild blueberries growing everywhere along the trail and even some edible wild mushrooms. Make sure you allow yourself sufficient daylight for the entire loop trail. 2-3 water crossings that require rock-hopping. It took us more than 8 1/2 hours including stops to enjoy the scenery. If you like to do scenery stops, you should start your hike by 9am so you can finish before it gets dark. We hiked the last 4 miles in the dark with only a full moon & that wasn't fun!
Reviewed by Sheila on 8/13/2008
My husband and I hiked this trail Tues. the 12th of August 2008. What a beautiful array of wild flowers. The trail was a nice one. The hike had plenty of water. Amazing views. We will be taking 4 teenage boys up here this coming monday.
Reviewed by Jonelle on 10/24/2006
On Sep. 27, 2006, we attempted this loop by starting up the Park Butte/Railroad grade trail. As this site indicated (and as signed), the lower bridge was out but the water crossing was minor. However, on the upper part of Rocky Creek (our return route), the swinging bridge was also totally gone. Crossing the several branches of rushing water would have been treacherous for some, so we returned the way we had come. We advised the ranger at the trailhead of the fact; they knew the bridge was gone but had posted no signs at either trail approach. Had we started on the usual Scott Paul Trail to the right (the longer portion of the loop), it would have been a disappointing trip back. JK
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